Friday, July 15, 2016

TOP STORY >> Power is still out for many in area

Storms ripped through Arkansas Thursday evening, causing power outages for more than 100,000 residents.

Most of the outages from Thursday night’s storm were in Saline County, according to an email from Tori Moss, communications coordinator at First Electric Cooperative.

First Electric’s Jacksonville district, which includes portions of Lonoke, Prairie, northern Pulaski and White counties, also experienced storm-related outages that affected approximately 1,690 members.

Crews were able to restore service to most cooperative members by late evening.

Entergy Arkansas reports outages peaking at 138,216 around 9 p.m. Thursday, but by 2 p.m. Friday that number had dropped to 67,000, according to a press release on the company’s website.

An additional 1,200 workers are being brought in from sister Entergy utilities, other utility companies and contractors to help restore power to those still without.